Geometridae : Ennominae
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Peppered Moth
Biston betularia
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Oak Beauty
Biston strataria

(Hufnagel, 1767) 1930 / 70.251

Morley's Final Catalogue: By no means uncommon in well-timbered districts. Raydon Wood and frequent at Ipswich lights (Mly); Martlesham (D); Hemley (EMM. 1904, 81); Stowmarket (Ent. Wk. Intell. ii, 1857, 28); common near Lowestoft in 1937 (Btn); &c.

Recent Suffolk Status: Common.

Life history: Single-brooded. Larvae have been found occasionally in the county on Oak and one record on a Walnut tree. Dark forms of the moth are recorded in Suffolk fairly regularly.

Identification: Fairly unmistakeable. The slightly similar Peppered moth flies later in the year.

Habitat: Woodland, parkland, gardens.

Recorded in 48 (83%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1937.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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Determination
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
18/05/2024126TL87 - Barnham/West Stow
14/04/2024125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
08/04/2024125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
05/04/2024126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
05/04/2024125TM13 - Brantham/Holbrook
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Forewing: 17-27mm.
Flight: One generation Feb-April.
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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